Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Team Jamis Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home (2013)

Team Jamis Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home talk about their team family, their new riders for 2013 and the support from their sponsors, Jamis Bicycles, Hagens Berman and Sutter Home.

Video also features Carine Joannou (President of Jamis Bicycles), Steve Berman (President of Hagens Berman) and Wendy Nyberg (Sr. Director of Marketing for Sutter Home Winery)

Photos by Jonathan Devich, John Segesta and Dean Warren.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Nibali Back in Action at the Tour of Poland

By: Stephen Farrand
Astana leader already thinking of the 2014 Tour de France

Two months after dominating the Giro d'Italia, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is back in action at the Tour of Poland, two kilos above his race weight but motivated to kick off the second half of his season and is already thinking about an expected clash with Chris Froome at the 2014 Tour de France.

The 28 year-old Sicilian's next big goal is the world road race title in Tuscany at the end of September. The Tour of Poland is the first step toward that goal with the Vuelta Espana also part of his build-up.

While the world of cycling has been focused on the Tour de France, Nibali spent two weeks training at altitude in the Dolomites –where he sealed his victory in the Giro d'Italia and where the Tour of Poland starts with two mountain stages on Saturday and Sunday before transferring north to Krakow.

"After winning the Giro I was kept pretty busy, I had a weeklong holiday and then started training again. We held a camp in the Dolomites with 16 Astana riders training together for two weeks," Nibali explained to Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I haven’t done a lot of training and I've put on two kilos. That's annoying but I know I've got time to make up for it. We'll see how I go in Poland. The most important thing is to not get stressed out to stay the front because my goals for this second part of the season are the Vuelta and the world championships."

Taking on Froome in 2014

Nibali watched the Tour de France on television, carefully observing Froome, Contador, Quintana and Rodriguez as they battled for the places on the final podium. He has already confirmed that he will target the Tour de France in 2014, meaning he will almost certainly not defend his victory at the Giro d'Italia.

"To go for the Tour de France, you've got to be at your very best form. I'll be giving it 100%," he said on Italian television recently.

"This year Hesjedal and Evans didn't do well at the Tour after riding the Giro. It's the harsh reality of modern Grand Tours. To do well at the Tour, you've got to be at your very best."

Nibali knows he had to improve at time trialing if he wants to challenge Froome in 2014 but is confident of his chances after defeating the Kenyan-born Briton at Tirreno-Adriatico with an aggressive attack in the rain.

"We've raced against each other quite a but this year, in Oman and at Tirreno-Adriatico, really giving it a go," he said.

"Tirreno went my way and then I also won the Giro. Every season is different but I'm confident about taking on Froome in 2014. It should be an intriguing battle."

Article Source: Cycling News

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Jamis Nemesis (2014)

Vice President Greg Webber, Product Manager Sal Crochiola, Team Jamis riders Thomas Turner, Rotem Ishay and Blake Harlan talk about the new Jamis Nemesis for 2014.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

Costa Wins Second Tour de France Stage in Grand Bornand

July 19, Stage 19: Bourg d'Oisans - Le Grand Bornand 204.5km

 Rain pelts peloton in the Alps

Rui Costa (Movistar) won his second mountain stage at the Tour de France, soloing through the rain to win the 19th stage in Le Grand-Bornand. He attacked on his own with 66 kilometers to go, and powered his way though at times heavy rain to the victory. Second place went to veteran Andreas Klöden (RadioShack-Leopard), 48 seconds later, with his teammate Jan Bakelants third at 1:43.

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) led the race for some 130 kilometers before Pierre Rolland (Europcar) took over, with his place eventually taken by Costa. The course was custom-made for the climbers, starting with two HC climbs and ending with three more climbs, the last one only 13 kilometers away from the finish line.

It was a quiet day on the GC front, with the top riders spending much of their day together. At the end, the top seven all remained the same. Mick Rogers (Sky) dropped out of the top ten, as did Laurens ten Dam (Belkin). Daniele Navarro (Cofidis) moved up from 13th to eighth, and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) up to ninth, with Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) dropping from ninth to tenth.

Froome admitted he was relieved the stage ended without any major attacks.

“There’s a definite sigh of relief after this stage,” he said. “It’s one of stages that we were most worried about on paper, it was the stage with the most climbing in it and with the way the weather was, there was potential for things to get out of control. I have to be thankful to my teammates for getting me this far and doing an incredible job.”

“I was ready for anything after how this Tour de France has gone. The guys did take it up and attack on the final climb and went pretty quick down other side in the rain. I’m happy today is out of the way. “

Froome refused to think that overall victory was assured with only one mountain stage left to race before heading to Paris.

“I don’t want to get complacent at this stage. Tomorrow is only 125km long but it’s one more day to get out the way before relaxing and finally heading to Paris,” he said.

How it happened

It was another day full of climbing, and it got off to a brutal start as much of the peloton tried to get into the day's breakaway. It took a while to sort things out, but eventually Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) and Jon Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) took the lead. They were followed by a huge group of about 40.

No one in the lead gave cause for alarm for the GC, so the Team Sky-led peloton was happy to let them go. The gap quickly grew to over seven minutes, even hitting over 12 minutes along the way.
The chase group changed along the way, as riders attacked on the first climb, the hors categorie Col du Glandon. The two leaders went over the top with three minutes over their nearest chasers and nearly eight minutes over the peloton.

There were a number of crashes and abandons on the day. Garmin-Sharp's Jack Bauer went face-first into a barbed-wire fence and had to leave the race, and later Lotto Belisol's Marcel Sieberg crashed on a descent and left with a suspected fractured collarbone.

The second hors categorie climb of the day followed almost immediately, the Col de Madeleine, and brought one of the surprises of the day, as sprinter and notorious non-climber Mark Cavendish jumped from the peloton, along with Omega Pharma-QuickStep teammates Michal Kwiatkowski and Jerome Pineau.

Along the way up, Izagirre was unable to stay with Hesjedal and dropped back. The Canadian continued on alone, with Europcar's Pierre Rolland moving up from the chase group in pursuit. Having spent 11 days in the King of the Mountains jersey and coming into the stage 46 points down – there was a chance to make up ground on Froome on a day full of big climbs.

The Frenchman caught Hesjedal before the summit then took off to secure the points. He then waited for the Garmin rider and thanked him for allowing him to do so.

They stayed together on the long descent and through the flat middle section, but on the third climb, the category 2 Col de Tamie, Rolland attacked again. Hesjedal had been in the lead for some 130 kilometres, but fell back quickly, looking exhausted as he was eventually passed out the back of the peloton.

On the final climb of the day, the Col de la Croix Fry (category 1), the sky started getting threateningly dark. Daniele Navarro (Cofidis) tried to attack on the climb, but he was soon joined by others. Only about a minute ahead of him, Rolland was starting to struggle.

Heavy rain began to fall, first on the peloton and then drenching everyone. It didn't seem to bother Rui Costa, who attacked out of the chase group and quickly caught Rolland with 19 kilometres to go and the duo drove through the wet together only a short distance. Costa had the fresher legs and easily left Rolland behind him.

A group of four soon gave chase, Andreas Klöden and Jan Bakelants (RadioShack-Leopard), Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel) and Bart De Clerq (Lotto Belisol). Nieve dropped off, his place taken by Daniele Navarro (Cofidis)

The peloton was more than nine minutes back and would have obviously have no effect on the outcome of the race, but the battle for GC remained. Froome looks fixed in first place, but Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was not ready to accept his 11th place ranking, and attacked, soon to be joined by John Gadret (AG2R), but they didn't get away.

Costa took the final top mountain points and then set off on the wet 13 kilometre descent with about a minute over his nearest chaser, Andreas Klöden. Mercifully the rain let up as the finish line approached.

A high-powered group broke from the peloton as it neared the final mountaintop: Valverde, Contador, Rodriguez, Quintana, Froome and Gadret. The latter soon took off again with Valverde.
Up ahead, Costa easily cruised in for his second stage win at this Tour, even taking the time to drop back to the team car for early congratulations. 38-year-old Klöden came in second, with teammate Bakelants third, about a minute later.

Gadret and Valverde were not quite able to stay away, and the Spaniard led the way across the finish line 8:40 down, with the Froome group right behind them.

Pierre Rolland (Euorpcar) was determined to take back the polka-dot jersey which he held so long earlier in the race, taking the mountain points along the way, and his chances are looking good. While he failed to take the polka dot jersey outright today, he will wear it tomorrow with the knowledge he is just one point behind Froome. Look for the Frenchman off the front on Saturday on a stage that features a category 2 climb, three category 3 ascents and one category 1 mountain before the grand finale hors categorie finish.

Article Source and for Full Results:  Cycling News

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tour de France: Five Questions for the Final Week

Is there a way back for Alberto Contador?

Over four minutes down and with another possible hammering in the time trial to Chorges to come on Wednesday, Alberto Contador is currently in a four way battle for second place with winning the race a fading prospect.

In fact, bring a hungry Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and an improving Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) into the mix and the Saxo-Tinkoff team leader could find himself well and truly eclipsed in this year's race.

However it is worth noting that a fully fit Contador has never lost a three-week race since his 2007 Tour win. In 2011, a Giro-weary Contador crashed in the opening week and effectively rode the rest of the race with one leg. He still managed to almost turn the race on its head in the gripping stage to Alpe d'Huez but this year - since his return from his ban actually - he's looked below his best and lacks that punch in the mountains. A good, rather than spectacular Contador, is still a dangerous prospect but while the Spanish press hang on to sense of desperate hope, in reality Contador needs at least three great days in this Tour for it to turn his way.

So where can Contador gain time on his rivals and then put pressure on Froome? Presuming he’s not yet settling for a place on the podium the Spaniard has a few options. Today’s stage to Gap could prove pivotal, as the climb of Fuente Dé did after the second rest day in the Vuelta last year. The terrain could see Saxo-Tinkoff try to storm Team Sky’s defences and then expose Froome to risky day on the back foot.

Alpe d'Huez in principle suits Froome's current superiority in uphill finishes but Contador may decide on a long pitched battle on the first ascent. Risky, but as he stated in his rest day press conference, winning is everything.

If those options are not taken up, or worse for Contador, they backfire, then the stage to Le Grand Bornand could be his last chance. Isolate Froome on the Madeleine and then utilize Saxo-Tinkoff’s superior strength in the valley.

Movistar, rather than Belkin, will be willing allies but any such talk of a Contador win in this race remains a long shot. If he were to pull it off though it would undoubtedly be the most spectacular win of his career.

Can Belkin keep Mollema on the podium?

It was already clear on the stage to Saint-Amand-Montrond that Belkin were racing for second place. Bauke Mollema and ten Dam both latched onto the Saxo Tinkoff express but the pair barely did a tap on the front after the race split.

With Froome isolated and Contador joining his men on the front, a Belkin-Saxo Bank alliance would have been a clear indication that the Dutch riders felt that Froome could be beaten come Paris. In hindsight it would have also put more time into Quintana and Rodriguez.

As it stands, Mollema and ten Dam are running the defensive lines in order to cover their positions. They were up to the task on Mont Ventoux, with both riders limiting their loses but that plan may come unstuck in the remaining Alpine stages as Quintana and Rodriguez assert their footing even further and sniff a spot on the podium. Experience will be key, and the team may well need to sacrifice ten Dam chances of a top five completely in order to ensure Mollema stands on the podium in Paris.

No gifts from Froome?

Barring accident or other remarkable circumstances, Chris Froome looks destined to ride into Paris on Sunday evening in the yellow jersey and become the second successive British winner of the Tour de France. True, Alberto Contador won’t lay down arms just yet and the 2013 iteration of the Team Sky machine is not as efficient as the 2012 vintage, but Froome has been in a league of his own during this race and it’s hard to imagine that changing now. The only question, it seems, is the size of his winning margin.

After two weeks of racing, Froome holds an advantage of 4:18 over second-placed Bauke Mollema (Belkin) and that buffer was essentially built in just three stages – the summit finishes at Ax 3 Domaines and Mont Ventoux, and the Mont-Saint-Michel time trial. If Froome continues in the same vein in week three, it’s not inconceivable that he could double his lead come Paris, with the Chorges time trial and the Alpe d’Huez and Semnoz summit finishes to come.

Lance Armstrong was similarly dominant in 2004, as was Laurent Fignon in 1984, and – adhering to a strict ‘no gifts’ policy – each man continued to hammer home his mastery in the mountains and against the watch all the way to Paris. It will be fascinating to see if Froome does likewise, or if he decides – like Miguel Indurain and Alberto Contador, in particular – that with the war all but won, it is time to start winning some allies for future campaigns.

Given the doping innuendo that has followed Froome’s every acceleration at this Tour de France, he may well be tempted to lay off the accelerator but at this point, it is hard to imagine that anything he does in the final week will sway the doubters one way or another.

Can Cavendish make it five in a row on the Champs-Élysées?

No less a figure than André Darrigade reckons he’s the greatest sprinter of all-time and there has certainly been no questioning Mark Cavendish’s pre-eminence in the field since he began amassing his running tally of 25 Tour stage wins back in 2008. He abandoned that race early to prepare for the Madison at the Beijing Olympics, but ever since, the Champs-Élysées stage has been a triumphal march for the Napoleon of bunch sprinting, as he has claimed four wins out of four.

For the first time since the Cavendish era began, however, there is a genuine contender to his throne in the peloton this year. Marcel Kittel has won three stages to Cavendish’s two so far on this Tour, and more significantly, he beat the Manxman in a straight sprint in Tours, over-hauling him in the final 100 metres to claim victory. No excuses were offered and Cavendish was generous in his praise afterwards, but it is a defeat that will have hurt.

Cavendish responded perfectly the next day by winning from a select group after his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team helped him into the decisive echelon on the road to Saint-Amand-Montrond, while Kittel was caught behind with a chain problem. It boosted Cavendish's moral and that of his teammates and the Manxman will approach the inevitable face-off on the Champs-Élysées confident of reasserting his status.

The first ever floodlit finale on the Champs-Élysées will provide a grand setting for what should be a great sprint off, as the Argos-Shimano and Omega Pharma-QuickStep lead-outs go head-to-head. The history of cycling has been written around its rivalries, and the 25-year-old Kittel has developed into the worthiest of adversaries for Cavendish in his third professional season. Regardless of the outcome on Sunday, it will be intriguing to see how this duel plays out in the years to come.

What’s happened to the traditional cycling countries?

We are into the final week of the Tour de France and surprisingly riders from France, Spain and Italy have only won a single stage. Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) saved the blushes of the former cycling powerhouses, with his well-timed sprint on stage 14. Without it we would have been looking at a Tour dry spell for the three countries for the first time since 1926.

Sylvain Chavanel and Thomas Voeckler have traditionally been a good source of stage victories for the French but this year Chavanel has been putting most of his efforts into riding for Mark Cavendish, while Voeckler has been severely lacking in this year’s race.

The Europcar rider sits over an hour down in the general classification and doesn’t look like he has the form for one of his famed attacks. With no firepower in the sprints, after Nacer Bouhanni’s departure early on, the French will be hoping one of their men can make his way into a successful break. In the tough final week a repeat on the Alpe d’Huez by Pierre Rolland may be their only hope.
The last time we saw a Tour de France with no French stage winners was 1999. They were only saved by victory in the mountains and young riders’ classification, won by Richard Virenque and Benoit Salmon.

Arriving to the Tour de France with riders like Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodríguez, Spain must have been wondering how many wins rather than if. However, with only a handful of stages remaining they‘ve failed to convert the expectation. José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar) was their biggest chance for glory, but he got it wrong in the escape on stage 14.

With Chris Froome dominating the high mountains the Spanish may have to group together to get the better of him, something they’re yet to do.

By: Cycling News

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Froome Determined to Gain Time on Tour de France Rivals

By: Daniel Benson 
Team Sky leader: I'm going to give it everything

After a bruising final stage in the Pyrenees Chris Froome (Team Sky) will be looking to assert a greater level of control over his Tour de France rivals during today's individual time trial to the picturesque spot of Mont-Saint-Michel.

The maillot jaune currently holds a 1:25 lead over Alejandro Valverde and 1:51 over Alberto Contador. However come the end of the 33-kilometre test against the clock, Froome could well be between three and four minutes ahead of his nearest rivals.

"Honestly I've not really thought too much about what to expect from the time trial. I'm just going to go out there and give it absolutely everything," Froome said during his stage 10 press conference, admitting that the responsibility of leading the Tour has been a position he's grown used.

Small advantages

Froome may even win the stage, with Tony Martin still suffering from his crash earlier in the race and a lack of other time trial specialists in the field. However the most important target for the Team Sky leader is gaining time on his overall rivals, and every second gained will alleviate the pressure on his team which struggled to contain Valverde and company on stage nine in the Pyrenees.

"Time trialing is one of those things, whereby the more you do it, the better you get at it. The better you have of your own feelings, your body and your own pace," Froome explained.

"This year I've done a few races in similar kind of time trials and I don't think there's any real secret to it. You can make small advantages with equipment, we've got a new time trial bike this year and I've spent a bit of time in a wind tunnel, which I've never done before. All these things add up and the time trial is a day that I want to target and I want to go for it."

A blueprint for the end result may come from last month's Dauphine in which Froome put considerable distance between himself, and his GC rivals.

I know how I got ready for this Tour de France

While Froome has been quizzed on the race he has also been peppered by questions on doping, the shadow of Geert Leinders and cycling's blatantly murky past. Team principal Dave Brailsford has worked hard to soak up as much pressure, perhaps in light of Bradley Wiggins outburst during last year's Tour in which he hit out at those that questioned him.

Froome, is a different rider to Wiggins both in style and personality but acknowledged that questions, just like the attacks on the road, will keep coming and that until the Tour finishes in Paris he is likely to field both.

"I personally didn't have much contact with Leinders so I can't really comment but naturally people are going to ask questions in cycling given the history, when great performances have been linked with doping in the past," he said on the rest day.

"Naturally we're bearing the brunt of those questions. I feel the sport has moved on and I feel that what I'm doing is right. I know how I've got ready for this Tour de France and I know the stage I won will never be stripped from me. Outside of that I don't know what else I can do."

 Article Source: Cycling News

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

"The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic - have always blown on free men." 

~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Monday, July 1, 2013

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